All About Hong Kong
AO Vertical Art Space
Ten photographers are featured in this exhibition, which runs through the quiet summer months. What makes this show so significant is it features KC Kwan’s view of the city, and also shows Michael Wolf’s latest set of photographic investigations into Hong Kong’s streetscape.
KC Kwan, a 36-year-old printing factory worker, only took up photography three years ago. Initially, he followed the “how to” tips in an introductory guide to photography, but found his resulting flower studies – understandably – boring.
After discovering more stimulating styles, Kwan found the gritty expressionism of Japanese photography appealing, particularly the work of Daido Moriyama.
Launched during this exhibition and sponsored by the gallery, Kwan’s photobook Homebound, with its full-bleed grainy high-contrast black and white shots, such as Untitled, feels like Moriyama. Kwan explores late-night Mong Kok, Kwun Tong and Sham Shui Po, and depicts their rubbish-strewn back alleys, crouching cats, staring